Turning Twenty-Two

I snapped this photograph with my mobile while walking to work the morning of my 22nd birthday.

I love the effect of the cherry blossoms when they fall. The way they cover the ground reminds me of snow. And the green shoots are the first blossoms of the new Spring.

When I walked through this court beside Philadelphia’s City Hall, I recalled the following epiphany:

hanami epiphany

all those men
and blossoms: the world’s
an automaton

For me, this haiku speaks to a struggle between God as Nature and Science as Progress.

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